Michigan Ice Fest Trip - Ice Climbing in Munising, MI

Friday, February 10, 2023
All day
Off Campus

Join the Outdoor Adventures program & HTM Dept. February 10 - 12 as we venture to Munising, MI for the annual Michigan Ice Festival! Participants will have the opportunity to climb iconic frozen waterfalls of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, meet world-class mountaineers, pick the brains of sales rep's for your favorite climbing brands, and spend time with other adventurous Lakers. The festival is hosted by Downwind Sports, an U.P. gear shop who caters the event to climbers of all abilities (including those with no previous ice climbing experience).  Our trip to Ice Fest will include: 1 1/2 days of ice climbing, the biggest gear raffle you've ever seen, presentations of expeditions by world renowned mountaineers, meet and greets, & plenty of social time for swapping stories.

Equipment: Technical Ice climbing gear will be provided by the GVSU Climbing Center.

Transportation: Participants are responsible for getting to and from Munising. Outdoor Adventures will help with the coordination of ride sharing.

Most of the costs will be pay-as-you-go but we need to collect a non-refundable fee of $50 to help cover the costs of lodging. Participants will be fitted for rental equipment (boots, crampons, & ice tools). Participants should expect the entire trip to cost about $200 total. Some of the additional costs include:
$65 - festival registration/ insurance (paid online at www.michiganicefest.com)

  • variable - Food
  • variable - Misc. Gear
  • variable - shared gas & bridge toll expenses 

Our efforts are geared towards giving GVSU students an experience they'll never forget.  Registration is limited to current GVSU students.

There are two parts to the Registration process. In this order...

1) Register (RSVP) here in the event listing.  The Deadline to register with GVSU is Wednesday, February 1st.
2) Register at michiganicefest.com by the January 31st deadline.* (their $65 entry fee raises to $85 at the door)

*Please note that many of the Ice Fest workshops begin prior to our group's arrival in Munising. Participants who register for these workshops will be responsible for their own transportation & lodging prior to Friday. 

Visit www.michiganicefest.com for more festival details.

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, February 2, 6pm in the Climbing Center

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Location Information

Munising, MI

Contact Information

Joe Bitely
Recreation & Wellness Assistant Director
[email protected]


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This event was added to the calendar by Joseph Bitely (bitelyj@gvsu.edu) on Thursday, November 11, 2021 and was last updated on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 12:50 p.m.